Current Affairs, News & Facts of 21 May 2016

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  • Government approves ordinance to keep state boards out of NEET ambit for one year

    The government has approved the promulgation of an ordinance to keep state boards out of the ambit of the uniform medical entrance examination, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), for one academic year (2016-2017).

    Background :

    The ordinance, cleared by the Union Cabinet  is aimed at "partially" overturning a Supreme Court verdict which makes NEET mandatory for admission to undergraduate medical courses across the country for one year.

    The apex court order had implied that all government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges would be covered under NEET.

    It also had scrapped all those examinations which had already taken place or were slated to be conducted separately. 

    Imapct :

    Nearly 6.5 lakh students have already sat for the first phase of NEET held on 1 May. Once the ordinance is issued, students of state government boards will not have to sit for NEET on 24 July.

    They, however, will have to become part of the uniform entrance exam from next academic session. The exam will be applicable for those applying for Central government and private medical colleges.

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  • Cyclonic storm ROANU hits eastern coast of India

    Cyclonic storm ROANU hits eastern coast of IndiaCyclonic Storm Roanu,  an active tropical cyclone has hit the northwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal.  It is the first tropical cyclone of the annual cyclone season.

    Roanu originated from a low pressure area that formed south of Sri Lanka. It gradually drifted north and intensified into a cyclonic storm.

    The cyclone is moving at a fast pace of 25 kmph, along and off the North Andhra and Odisha Coast. It is presently centered at Latitude 20.3°N and Longitude 88.2°E, around 160 km east of Paradip in Odisha and 440 km southwest of Chittagong, Bangladesh. 

    It is forecast to make a landfall on the coast of Bangladesh in the next 24 hours, while maintaining cyclonic storm intensity. Damaging high velocity winds of 80 kmph -90 kmph gusting up to 100 kmph will be blowing over region. 

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  • Tsai Ing-wen sworn-in as first women President of Taiwan

    Tsai Ing-wen has been sworn in as the 14th president of Taiwan, becoming the country's first female leader to become president.

    She succeeds outgoing President Ma Ying-jeou. She is the leader of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which favours independence from China.

    Her party Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) had won the Parliamentary and Presidential elections by a landslide in January, 2016. It is only the second-ever victory for the DPP since Taiwan split with China in 1949.

    China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province (island) which will one day be reunited with the mainland. China also has threatened to take back by force, if necessary.

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  • First World Conference on Tourism for Development held in Beijing

     


    The First World Conference on Tourism for Development was held in Beijing, China from 18-21 May 2016 with a specific view to advancing the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

    On this occasion, China, as chair of the G20, also hosted the 7th G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting under the theme “Sustainable Tourism – An Effective Tool for Inclusive Development”.

    The conference complemented two high level sessions focusing on (i) Tourism for Poverty Reduction (ii) Tourism for Peace.

    Several heads of state and government as well as tourism ministers and senior officials from over 100 countries participated in this significant gathering of the international tourism community in 2016. 

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  • Government launches Centre for Environmental Health to assess environmental impact on health  

    Union Minister  of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda launched the Centre for Environmental Health in New Delhi to assess the impact of environment-related problems on health.Its mandate is capacity-building, advocacy, outreach and remedial issues.

    The centre will assess the impact of environment-related problems like climate change, air pollution, pesticide use and sanitation on health. It is a joint initiative of the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) and Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).

    The centre will also establish a policy engagement platform with regular meetings with the government, civil society, academia and the private sector to develop pathways for better implementation of the eco-friendly policies.

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  • Emmy award winning actor Alan Young dies aged 96

    Renowned English-Canadian-American actor, Alan Young best known for his role as Wilbur Post in the television comedy series Mister Ed and as the voice of Scrooge McDuck in Disney films, TV series and video games has died at age 96 in Los Angeles. 

    During his carrier, he also appeared in a number of feature films, including The Time Machine. In 1951, he won a Primetime Emmy award as best actor in The Alan Young Show.

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